Zoo Lake Park – Parkview
Not only does the Zoo Lake green gym give visitors the opportunity to blow off some steam and sweat off those extra kilos, it also offers a wonderful space to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. After your workout, take a stroll through the park, check out the Coronation Fountain or enjoy a picnic. You could even take the family on a leisurely boat ride.
Details: 011 483 1017 | Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and Lower Park Drive, Parkview.
Mushroom Farm Park – Sandown
In the centre of the richest quarter mile in Joburg, the Mushroom Farm Park in Sandown is just the place if you’re looking for a little peace, relaxation and, of course, some exercise outdoors. Green Outdoor Gyms has set up a number of park gyms to give the public access to health and fitness equipment without the cost, and Mushroom Farm Park is one of their signature sites. Go check out what equipment they have ready for you.
Details: Corner Daisy & Linden Street, Sandown, Sandton.
Metro Park – Newtown
The inner city isn’t all about traffic jams, home affairs and sidewalk traders anymore. Now there is a Green Outdoor Gym at Metro City! Fitness fanatics can expect to find weight machines, steppers in different variations, stationary bikes and much more in the middle of Joburg CBD. This is also a lovely spot if you’re looking to get out of the office for a few minutes, just to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Details: South of Mandela Bridge, corner Ntembi Piliso and Carr Street, Newtown, Joburg CBD.
Protea Glen Park – Soweto
Soweto is buzzing with action, so it's only natural that Green Outdoor Gyms has spread its gift of fitness and health to Protea Glen Park. No matter which muscle group you’re looking to firm up or how intense a workout you’re seeking, there is sure to be a piece of equipment at the park gym to get the job done.
Details: Kunene Street, Soweto.
Diepsloot Park – Diepsloot
Diepsloot Park was renovated in 2008 and now sports swings, slides and roundabouts to keep the little ones entertained. They also boast a mini-soccer field for footie fans and a free outdoor green gym that was installed by Green Outdoor Gyms. So, whether you’re looking to enjoy a day out and about having fun on the play equipment or want to break a sweat at the outdoor gym, Diepsloot is just the place. There is also security 24 hours a day.
Details: N14 Highway, Diepsloot, Johannesburg.
George Hay Park – Parkview
George Hay Park is one of the popular outdoor spaces used for numerous events throughout the year, including yoga in the park, Halloween trick-or-treating and Valentine’s Day activities. To add to the options, they have installed an outdoor gym for the use of the general public. No membership fees or being cooped up indoors, this gym gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature, fresh air and sunshine while you work on your fitness.
Details: Westmeath Road, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg.
Petrus Molefe Eco Park – Soweto
Another spot that offers a free green gym to residents in Soweto is the Petrus Molefe Eco Park. Young and old can take advantage of the great equipment and turn half an hour of the day into a health-focused activity. What's also great is that you're bound to meet and socialise with neighbours who are fellow fitness fans and share your tips and tricks that’ll further help you on your health journey.
Details: Mokwhene Street, Dhlamini, Soweto.
Steyn City – Midrand
Connecting Lanseria to Fourways, and Midrand to Broadacres, Steyn City is another signature site that boasts a Green Outdoor Gym. There are nine workout stations that are spaced out over 1,2km, each sporting six different types of equipment to ensure that you get the best out of your workout. From arm and leg work to cardio and strength, you’re sure to get a balanced session.
Details: Zevenfontein 407-Jr, Midrand.
Sir Lionel Phillips Park - Greenside
No need for you to rob the bank for a gym membership fee, because the Sir Lionel Phillips Park in Greenside is open to the public. They offer gym equipment to keep everyone in good and healthy shape, and it's all completely free of charge.
Details: 27 Cruden Bay Road, Greenside, Randburg, Johannesburg.
Westdene Dam Park
Wondering how to fit in a morning workout routine? Well, why not take a jog and get a workout at the Westdene outdoor gym? Bring the kids along so they can burn off their excess energy while you lose some extra calories. This is a great affordable way to get a workout in for the whole family, at no cost.
Details: 14 Lewes Road, Westdene, Johannesburg.
Where To Run In The City
If you are in need of a good cardio workout after all that strength training, then why not go for a jog? Joburg has everything you need to keep in shape without breaking the bank. Click here to see our list of top jogging spots in the city.
Get Those Fitness Apps Ready
Another easy and affordable way to stay in shape is with the help of some technology. Check out these fitness & health apps and meditation apps to help you stay in tip-top shape.
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